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Hotels and Your Schedule

We will provide the rail transportation, lunch, snacks, and drinks aboard the train, and the Saturday night party.
You will have to handle air transportation (if any) and the hotel rooms. We have a large block of rooms reserved in Los Angeles. Maps to the Oakland hotel and the Oakland Jack London Square AMTRAK station are below. Our train cars will be at the extreme North end of the station platform.

Oakland Parking -- For locals driving to Amtrak at Jack London Square, parking is right next door to the train station. The large garage is at 255 Second Street. Parking is $15 per day. So the train trip parking will cost $45. Their phone is 510-828-4909. The Amtrak station is at 255 Second Street. You do not need an Amtrak ticket.

Out of town guests will likely need to come in on Thursday, July 27, since we will be boarding the train at t 8:30 AM Friday morning. And the train doesn't return until Sunday, July 30, at 9:24 PM in the evening so it will be hard to make an air connection. And that assumes the train is ontime.

Oakland Hotel  -- Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA -- Phone (510) 836-3800 -- Dial 1 and reach Mary Ellen from 8 AM to 3 PM on weekdays. The Waterfront Hotel is a block from Jack London Square and four blocks from the Amtrak station platform.

Los Angeles Hotel -- The Millennium Biltmore Hotel -- Phone (800) 245-8673 between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on weekdays or between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday. On Sundays they're closed. Tell them that you will be arriving on July 28.and that you are part of the Wagner Train Trip. The group number is 1707wagner, but that doesn't seem to be enough info. After booking, ask for an email confirmation. If you are an uber-tech, reserve online by clicking Here. The Biltmore is two subway stops from Los Angeles Union Station. The Biltmore's address is address is 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday

These prices include all taxes and fees.

Waterfront $185     $185
Biltmore   $253 $253  
Here's the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Possible schedules are below, but all should attend the Saturday night banquet! Friday night and Saturday during the day will be free time/playtime.

At the party, Sara Klotz de Aguilar, popular pianist, will play your requests.

Bring your dancing shoes.

Casual cocktail attire. Neck ties and period attire are fine, but not necessary.

Let us know whether you want salmon or beef Saturday night.

Hotels cannot do rare steak at a banquet. They shoot for Medium Rare to Medium.

If you want it well done, you can send it back for some more heat, but with close to 100 people, the initial service has to be pretty uniform. Sorry.

Please let us know ASAP which Schedule and Saturday night meals you prefer -- the train cars have limited capacity. email us at wagner@ourtoolbox.com to let us your preference and the number in your party.


Schedule A

Schedule B Schedule C
  Southbound Northbound Both Ways
Friday  July 28, 2017     Train to Los Angeles          Train to Los Angeles
Friday  July 28, 2017     First night at Biltmore          First night at Biltmore
Saturday    July 29, 2017   12:15 PM Nethercutt Fly into Los Angeles 12:15 PM Nethercutt
Saturday    July 29, 2017   7:00 PM Banquet 7:00 PM Banquet 7:00 PM Banquet
Saturday    July 29, 2017   Second night at Biltmore First night at Biltmore Second night at Biltmore
Sunday  July 30, 2017   Fly out of Los Angeles Train to Oakland Train to Oakland

Out-of-towners need to fly into Oakland or SFO on Thursday, July 27, as the train boards at 8:45 AM Friday.

Flying out on Sunday evening is problematic as the train's scheduled arrival in Oakland is 9:24 PM and it will take 30 minutes to get to the Oakland airport and 45 minutes to SFO.

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